Author Archives: jrochkind

A tiny gem: #dig backfill for older rubies

Excited about #dig in MRI 2.3.0?  Want to use it in your gem code, but don’t want your gem to require MRI 2.3.0 yet? I got you covered: https://github.com/jrochkind/dig_rb It’ll add in a pure-ruby #dig implementation if Hash/Array/Struct don’t have #dig … Continue reading

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American Libraries adds Gale quotes in without author’s knowledge

From a blog post by Patricia Hswe and Stewart Varner. TL;DR: Patricia Hswe and I wrote an article for American Libraries and the editors added some quotes from a vendor talking about their products without telling us. We asked them to … Continue reading

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Career change

Today is my last day here at Johns Hopkins University Libraries. After Thanksgiving, I’ll be working, still here in Baltimore, at Friends of the Web, a small software design, development, and consulting company. I’m excited to be working collaboratively with a … Continue reading

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Linked Data Caution

I have been seeing an enormous amount of momentum in the library industry toward “linked data”, often in the form of a fairly ambitious collective project to rebuild much of our infrastructure around data formats built on linked data. I think … Continue reading

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Blacklight community survey: What would you like to see added to Blacklight?

Here’s the complete list of answers to “What would you like to see added to Blacklight?” from the Blacklight community survey I distributed last month.  Some of these are features, some of these are more organizational. I simply paste them … Continue reading

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Blacklight Strengths, Weaknesses, Health, and Future

My Own Personal Opinion Analysis of Blacklight Strength, Weaknesses, Health, and Future My reflections on the Blacklight Community Survey results, and my own experiences with BL. What people like about BL is it’s flexibility; what people don’t like is it’s … Continue reading

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Blacklight Community Survey Results

On August 20th I announced a Blacklight Community Survey to the blacklight and code4lib listservs, and it was also forwarded on to the hydra listserv by a member. Between August 20th and September 2nd, I received 18 responses. After another … Continue reading

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“Agile Failure Patterns In Organizations”

An interesting essay showed up on Hacker News, called “Agile Failure Patterns In Organizations” Where I am, we’ve made some efforts to move to a more small-a agile iterative and incremental development approach in different ways, and I think it’s … Continue reading

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Carl Grant on the Proquest acquisition of Ex Libris

Worth reading, links to a couple other posts worth reading. I don’t have any comments of my own to add at present, but may in a future blog post. http://thoughts.care-affiliates.com/2015/10/another-perspective-on-proquest-buying.html

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Just curious: Do you think there is a market for additional Rails contractors for libraries?

Fellow library tech people and other library people who read this blog, what do you think? Are there libraries who would be interested in hiring a Rails contractor/consultant to do work for them, of any kind? I know Data Curation … Continue reading

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